The Saturday Night Live writer and former editor-at-large of online satirical women’s magazine Reductress comes to the Fringe for the first time with a show all about true crime, the dark side of reality TV and very powerful ghosts. Anna Drezen is at the Pleasance Courtyard for the month of August with her show, Okay Get Home Safe!, and spoke with The Fountain about the influences and Edinburgh plans as a first time Fringe performer.
TF: You are performing at the Edinburgh Fringe this year, how excited are you?
I’m so excited! Doing the Edinburgh Fringe has been a dream of mine ever since I was in theatre school. I visited Edinburgh for a few days when I was studying for a semester at RADA (I very much thought I was going to be a classical actress) and fell in love with the city. Getting to come back as a part of this festival feels very full-circle.
TF: Your show certainly sounds intriguing, what is the premise?
My show is mostly stand-up with some character/sketch bits throughout. I just write whatever is funny to me and most of it ends up being about gender politics and ghosts. I’m like, half-smart. Overall my set is about how we’re all living in a world that’s constantly trying to kill us, while trying to keep up appearances and seem cool to other people on a shallow level. I just think about how the world is kind of dying and there’s a never-ending parade of murder and human horrors but we’re so focused on how to make our legs look like hot dogs or whatever. It sounds morbid but I think that contrast is really fascinating.
TF: And what drove the project, where do your influences lie?
I love true crime shows and podcasts, it’s all about the most serious loaded things possible but it’s such a fluffy hobby/interest that people have, like its sports or something. I’ve frequently taken a break from all the depressing news podcasts to unwind with horrific murder podcasts. I think it’s so weird that we’re drawn to that stuff and I wanted to figure out why.
TF: Have you been to the Fringe before, is there anything you are keen to see whilst in Edinburgh?
First time at the Fringe! I’m super excited to see Rose Matafeo’s show.
TF: And what are your future plans, beyond the Fringe?
Keep writing for TV and movies, keep doing standup, maybe bring my dog to the beach.
You can see Okay Get Home Safe! at the Pleasance Courtyard – Attic from 31st July – 25th August (not 14th) at 4:30pm. For tickets, please visit www.edfringe.com